Effervescent, smooth and explorative, L.A. based band Moonchild‘s latest single “Tell Him,” featuring Lalah Hathaway, captures that specific moment in a relationship where words lose their meaning. Good or bad, this transition can be a startling one and prompt a person to contemplate either taking a step forward or backwards in their relationship. This romantic qualm is dissected in “Tell Him” as the song’s narrator tries to make sense of how love can be not just blind, but deaf as well.
Written in early 2020 under the auspices of a daily songwriting challenge, “Tell Him” has grown into a richly textured song with subtle lyrics that denote frustration and miscommunication. A door knock ushers us into the tune while the melody steps in and eases along with an understated sensuality before opening up into a rhythmic cataract. The result is a sultry, longing electronic croon that is as exasperated as it is easy to listen to.
Moonchild’s latest single is another in a string of releases — including “Too Good” and “You Got One,” featuring Alex Isley — that will also be on their upcoming album, Starfruit, dropping February 11. Filled with a hefty amount of featured artists and a new sound, carefully layered atop their signature tones, Starfruit is a fruitful expansion for Moonchild’s Amber Navran, Andris Mattson, and Max Bryk who all ventured into new musical waters.
“Max has this arpeggiator synth patch that makes me so happy, Amber incorporated this cool octave pedal patch on her vocals, and I made a keyboard patch I’m obsessed with,” notes Mattson.
In addition to Moonchild’s new album, they are set to go on tour this spring, first in Europe then in North America — the band will be ending their tour on the West coast with a Los Angeles show on May 11 at the Fonda and additional tour dates in San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Diego.
Words: Patti Sanchez
U.S. Tour Dates
March 29: Redbank, NJ @ The Vogel
March 30: Boston, MA @ The Paradise Rock Club
April 1: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club (Late Show)
April 2: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 3: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
April 5: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
April 6: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
April 8: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
April 9: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
April 12: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
April 14: Austin, TX @ The Parish
April 15: Houston, TX @ Studio @ WHL
April 16: Dallas, TX @ Trees
April 19: Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
April 20: St Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
April 21: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
April 23: Detroit, MI @ El Club
April 24: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
April 26: Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
April 27: Montreal, QC @ Ausgang Plaza
April 30: San Diego, CA @ Music Box
May 1st: Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO
May 5: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
May 6: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 7: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
May 11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
May 13: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent